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Oswalt at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
|Birth name||Patton Peter Oswalt|
January 27, 1969 |
Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Genres||Black comedy, observational comedy, surreal humor|
|Subject(s)||Popular culture, current events, politics, religion|
|Influences||Jonathan Winters, Richard Pryor, Emo Philips, Blaine Capatch, Bill Hicks, Bobcat Goldthwait, Sam Kinison, Steve Martin, Louis C.K.|
|Spouse||Michelle Eileen McNamara (m. 2005; d. 2016)|
Patton Peter Oswalt (born January 27, 1969) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and voice actor, known for roles such as Spencer Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens, voicing Remy in the film Ratatouille and playing multiple identical brothers on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Oswalt was born January 27, 1969, in Portsmouth, Virginia, to Carla (née Runfola) and Larry J. Oswalt, a career United States Marine Corps officer. He was named after General George S. Patton. He has one younger brother, Matt Oswalt, a comedy writer best known for the YouTube web series Puddin'. While he was a military brat, his family later lived in Ohio and Tustin, California, before settling in Sterling, Virginia. He is a 1987 graduate of Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia and subsequently graduated from the College of William and Mary, where he majored in English and was initiated into the Alpha Theta Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.
Oswalt first began performing stand-up comedy in the late 1980s or early 1990s, by his own reckoning. After writing for MADtv and starring in his own 1996 comedy special for HBO, he went on to garner notable roles in films and television shows. His most prominent and long-running role was as Spence Olchin on The King of Queens. His first starring film role was as the voice of Remy, the lead character in the 2007 Pixar film Ratatouille. He has also appeared in smaller roles in such films as Magnolia and 22 Jump Street.
Oswalt wrote the comic book story "JLA: Welcome to the Working Week", a backup story in Batman #600; a story for Dwight T. Albatross's The Goon Noir #01 and a story for Masks: Too Hot for TV. Expanding his voice artist repertoire, he began voicing the villainous character "Tobey" on PBS Kids GO! series WordGirl in 2007. He also appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner. In August 2007, he appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav. In 2007, he appeared on an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, "The Original Fry Cook", as Jim. In 2008 Oswalt moderated a reunion panel of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast at the San Diego Comic-Con International.
In 2009, Oswalt played Paul Aufiero, the leading role in Robert D. Siegel's 2009 directorial debut, Big Fan. He was to star in a 2010 Broadway revival of Lips Together, Teeth Apart. However, the show was postponed then eventually canceled due to Megan Mullally's departure from the production when the director denied her request to replace Oswalt due to his lack of stage experience.
He starred in the Showtime drama The United States of Tara as Neil, an employee of Four Winds Landscaping. He also provided the voice of Thrasher, a robot protagonist from the Cartoon Network show, Robotomy.
In 2011, Oswalt released the book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland.
In November 2011, Oswalt played the role of Hurlan Heartshe in the surrealist comedy miniseries The Heart, She Holler on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. Also in November 2011, Oswalt was depicted blowing the second-ever puff of 3D pot smoke in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. In December 2011, Oswalt played Matt Freehauf in Jason Reitman's black comedy Young Adult. In 2012, he originated the role of Billy Stanhope on Two and a Half Men.
As of March 20, 2014, it was announced that Patton would be cast in the role of Agent Koenig on the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He later appeared in separate episodes as brothers Eric and Billy Koenig. He continued to appear in the second season as Billy and a third brother Sam (as the original brother Eric is now deceased).
In January 2015 Oswalt's memoir Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film was published by Simon & Schuster. He also voiced the male version of Jesse in Minecraft: Story Mode, which was released in October 2015.
Oswalt's stand-up comedy covers topics ranging from pop culture frivolity, such as comic book supervillains and 1980s glam metal, to deeper social issues like American excess, materialism, foreign policy and religion. He also discusses his atheism in his stand-up. On February 28, 2009, Oswalt recorded his third comedy album at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington D.C. It premiered on Comedy Central as Patton Oswalt: My Weakness is Strong on August 23, 2009, and was released on DVD August 25, 2009.
In November 2009, an animated video of Patton's take on New Song's Christmas Shoes was posted on YouTube. The track isn't found on any albums. The audio is claimed to be recorded at Lisner Auditorium in Washington DC.
Oswalt's album, Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour, was released on September 19, 2011. The extended and uncensored DVD of this special was released in April 2012, a few days after its television premiere on Comedy Central.
Oswalt's comedy special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time was to be released on January 16, 2014, via online movie streaming website Epix but was pushed back by the company for unknown reasons. However, it did premiere on Comedy Central on April 6 and became available for purchase on April 8 in both DVD and CD format.
Oswalt married writer Michelle McNamara on September 24, 2005. They have one daughter, Alice Rigney Oswalt, born on April 15, 2009. On April 21, 2016, McNamara died in her sleep in their Los Angeles home at the age of 46. The season 3 finale of The Goldbergs was dedicated to her memory.
Oswalt is an atheist and has referenced his atheism in his comedy specials, No Reason to Complain, Feelin' Kind of Patton, My Weakness Is Strong, and Finest Hour. It was also referenced by Katt Williams in the opening act of The Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav.
|Top 200||US Comedy||US Digital||US Indie||US Heat|
|2004||Feelin' Kinda Patton||United Musicians||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007||Werewolves and Lollipops||Sub Pop||137||1||—||18||4|
|2009||My Weakness Is Strong||Warner Bros.||67||1||5||—||—|
|2011||Finest Hour||Comedy Central Records||71||1||—||12||—|
|2014||Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time||Comedy Central Records||54||1||19||9||—|
- Patton vs. Alcohol vs. Zach vs. Patton (2005) with Zach Galifianakis
- Melvins/Patton Oswalt split 7 (2006) with The Melvins
- Comedians of Comedy Tour 3"CD (2006)
- The Pennsylvania Macaroni Company (2006) with Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford, and Eugene Mirman
- Frankensteins and Gumdrops (2008) Available during the WFMU pledge drive
Compilation album appearances
- Beth Lapides' Un-Cabaret – The Un & Only (2002)
- Beth Lapides' Un-Cabaret – The Good, The Bad, and the Drugly (2006)
- Comedy Death-Ray (2007)
|1994||Seinfeld||Video Store Clerk||Episode: "The Couch"|
|1995–97||MADtv||Crip in Wheelchair||Episode: "1.5"; also writer|
|1996||NewsRadio||Guy||Episode: "The Trainer"|
|1996–1998||Mr. Show with Bob and David||Famous Mortimer / Man in Restaurant||2 episodes|
|1997||Weird Al Show, TheThe Weird Al Show||Seymour||Episode: "Bad Influence"|
|1997||HBO Half Hour Comedy Hour||Himself||Stand-up special|
|1998||Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist||Patton (voice)||2 episodes|
|1998||Pulp Comics: Margaret Cho||Various roles||Television special|
|1998–2007||King of Queens, TheThe King of Queens||Spence Olchin||122 episodes|
|1999||Comedy Central Presents||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2000||Batman Beyond||Eldon Michaels (voice)||Episode: "Sentries of the Last Cosmos"|
|2000–04||Static Shock||Specs/Spectral (voice)||3 episodes|
|2002||Man Show, TheThe Man Show||Weepum Buzzkillus||Uncredited
Episode: "Juggy Car Wash"
|2002||Home Movies||Helmet (voice)||Episode: "Renaissance"|
|2002–03||Crank Yankers||Boomer (voice)||4 episodes|
|2003–06||Aqua Teen Hunger Force||DP / Skeeter / Ezekial (voices)||3 episodes|
|2003–07||Kim Possible||Professor Dementor/Professor DeMenz (voice)||10 episodes|
|2004||Fairly OddParents, TheThe Fairly OddParents||Crimson Chin Writer||Episode: "The Big Superhero Wish"|
|2004||Tom Goes to the Mayor||Zynx (voice)||Episode: "Pioneer Island"|
|2004–09||Reno 911!||Various roles||10 episodes|
|2005||Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker||Carter Bogie||Episode: "Kids Putt-Putt/Double Dutch"|
|2006||Clark and Michael||Realtor||1 episode|
|2006||Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner||Roaster||Television special|
|2006||Patton Oswalt: No Reason to Complain||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2006||Squidbillies||Shecky Chucklestein (voice)||Episode: "Survival of the Dumbest"|
|2006–07||Batman, TheThe Batman||Cosmo Krank/Toymaker / Marty Slack (voices)||2 episodes|
|2006||Amazing Screw-On Head, TheThe Amazing Screw-On Head||Mr. Groin (voice)||Pilot|
|2007||Human Giant||Frat Boy / Let's Go Fan / The Wire Fan||3 episodes; also consultant writer|
|2007||SpongeBob SquarePants||Jim (voice)||Episode: "The Original Fry Cook"|
|2007||Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav||Roaster||Television special|
|2007–08, 2016||American Dad!||Bob Cinema / Ticket Man / Kiss Cam Operator (voices)||3 episodes|
|2007–08||Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!||Joshua Beard / Beaver Boys Doctor||3 episodes|
|2007–15||WordGirl||Theodore "Tobey" McCalister III / Robot / Various voices||34 episodes|
|2008||Lewis Black's Root of All Evil||Himself||6 episodes|
|2009||Flight of the Conchords||Elton John Impersonator||Episode: "Prime Minister"|
|2009||Iron Chef America||Himself||Episode: "Symon vs. Nawab: Pineapple"|
|2009||Venture Bros., TheThe Venture Bros.||Wonderboy (voice)||Episode: "Self-Medication"|
|2009||Dollhouse||Joel Mynor||2 episodes|
|2009||Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong||Himself||Stand-up special
Nominated—Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
|2009–10||Community||Male Nurse Jackie||2 episodes|
|2009–11||United States of Tara||Neil||21 episodes|
|2009–11||Bored to Death||Howard Baker||4 episodes|
|2010||Sarah Silverman Program, TheThe Sarah Silverman Program||Vincent Van Guy||Episode: "A Good Van is Hard to Find"|
|2010||Neighbors from Hell||Pazuzu (voice)||10 episodes|
|2010||Caprica||Baxter Sarno||6 episodes|
|2010||Glenn Martin, DDS||Volunteer Center Guy (voice)||Episode: "Volunteers"|
|2010–2011||Robotomy||Thrasher (voice)||10 episodes|
|2011||Futurama||Unattractive Giant Monster (voice)||Episode: "Benderama"|
|2011||Jon Benjamin Has a Van||Steven Drears||Episode: "House on the Lake"|
|2011–present||Heart, She Holler, TheThe Heart, She Holler||Hurlan||28 episodes|
|2011||Raising Hope||Rubin||Episode: "Bro-gurt"|
|2011||Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour||Himself||Stand-up special
Nominated—Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
|2012||High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange, TheThe High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Clyde the Pac Man Ghost (voice)||Episode: "Generic Holiday Special"|
|2012||Bob's Burgers||Moody Foodie (voice)||Episode: "Moody Foodie"|
|2012||Metalocalypse||Dr. Bartholomew Grahsrihajul / Klokateer (voices)||2 episodes|
|2012–13||Two and a Half Men||Billy Stanhope||5 episodes|
|2012||The Simpsons||T-Rex (voice)||Episode: "The Day the Earth Stood Cool"|
|2012–14||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||2 episodes|
|2012||Burn Notice||Calvin Schmidt||3 episodes|
|2013–15||Justified||Constable Bob Sweeney||6 episodes|
|2013||Parks and Recreation||Garth Blundon||Episode: "Article Two"
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
|2013–15||Axe Cop||Sockarang (voice)||12 episodes|
|2013–present||The Goldbergs||Adult Adam Goldberg (voice)||52 episodes|
|2013||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Fire Marshall Boone||2 episodes|
|2014||29th Independent Spirit Awards||Host||Television special
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (Music, Awards, Tributes) – Specials
|2014||Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time||Himself||Stand-up special
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Comedy Special of the Year
Nominated—Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
|2014||Mighty Med||Ed / The Exterminator||2 episodes|
|2014–15||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Eric, Billy, and Sam Koenig||7 episodes|
|2014||Modern Family||Ducky||Episode: "Las Vegas"|
|2014–15||Drunk History||Charles Sumner / Mac Brazel||2 episodes|
|2014||Gravity Falls||Franz (voice)||Episode: "The Golf War"|
|2014–present||BoJack Horseman||Pinky Penguin / Various voices||8 episodes|
|2015||Battle Creek||Mayor Hardy||Episode: "Cereal Killer"|
|2015–2016||Veep||Teddy Sykes||5 episodes|
|2015||Maron||Patton Oswalt||Episode: "Anti-Depressed"|
|2015–present||We Bare Bears||Nom Nom (voice)||4 episodes|
|2015||Rick and Morty||Beta Seven (voice)||Episode: "Auto Erotic Assimilation"|
|2015||The Adventures of Puss in Boots||Francisco (voice)||Episode: "Luck"|
|2016||Archer||Alan Shapiro (voice)||5 episodes|
|2016||Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2016||Inside Amy Schumer||AMZ Host||Episode: "Madame President"|
|2016||Full Frontal with Samantha Bee||1 episode|
|2016||Lady Dynamite||Patton Cop / Himself||3 episodes|
|2016||TripTank||Pegasus (voice)||Episode: "Crime Scene Investigation"|
|2016||My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic||Quibble Pants (voice)||Episode: "Stranger Than Fan Fiction"|
|2016||Justice League Action